Open Class corps will have their first get-together of the off-season on Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 in Las Vegas, Nev. The two-day general business meetings will be the first chance since the DCI World Championships in August that directors will come together to evaluate the past season and to begin planning for the year ahead.

"This fall meeting is not only an opportunity to discuss 2009 and 2010 respectively, but also a chance to welcome heads of prospective corps who are interested in learning more about starting a group that competes as part of the Drum Corps International Tour," said DCI Open Class Coordinator David Eddleman.

Meetings will be held at the Flamingo Las Vegas (355 Las Vegas Blvd. South). The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 18

3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Open Class Advisory Committee Meeting (Open to advisory committee members only)

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Open Class Registration

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Open Class Full Body Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 19

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Open Class Full Body Meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Division Meeting Registration

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Pacific Division Meeting

"For those individuals who may be looking to start a corps, we encourage you to attend even if you are still in your formative planning stages," says Eddleman. "There is a wealth of knowledge among all of the attending directors, many of whom were in a similar startup position only a few years ago."

For additional information about attending these meetings, contact Eddleman at:

Register for the meetings online.